The influence of women's body dissatisfaction on career aspirations and perceived career barriers

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Publication Type dissertation
School or College College of Education
Department Educational Psychology
Author Pappas, Alexandra Grande
Title The influence of women's body dissatisfaction on career aspirations and perceived career barriers
Date 2016
Description Body dissatisfaction affects women across the world and may have serious implications on their career and educational pursuits. A sample of 724 women completed an online survey designed to explore the relationships between body dissatisfaction, career aspiration and expectation discrepancies, educational aspirations, and perceived career barriers. Ordinal and logistic regression analyses were conducted to explore associations between variables. Results indicated a significant positive relationship between women’s body dissatisfaction and discrepancies in the complexity of their career aspirations and expectations. A significant inverse relationship was illustrated between women’s body dissatisfaction and educational aspirations. When controlling for BMI, self-esteem, and perceived career barriers, results varied in regards to the impact of women’s body dissatisfaction on career aspiration/expectation discrepancies and educational aspirations. It appears that BMI may be more predictive than body dissatisfaction of discrepancies in the congruence of women’s career aspirations and expectations and educational aspirations when controlling for perceived career barriers and self-esteem. Due to violations of normality within the data, results should be interpreted with caution. Implications for future research and limitations of the study are discussed.
Type Text
Publisher University of Utah
Subject Body Dissatisfaction; Body Image; Career Aspirations; Career Barriers; Educational Aspirations; Women's Career Development
Dissertation Name Doctor of Philosophy
Language eng
Rights Management ©Alexandra Grande Pappas
Format Medium application/pdf
ARK ark:/87278/s6284crt
Setname ir_etd
Date Created 2018-06-20
Date Modified 2018-06-20
ID 1344533
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